Cars these days are loaded with computers, satellite receivers, radar, light sensors, moisture sensors, tire pressure monitors, cameras, thermometers, and pretty much everything they need to analyze the vehicle's location, surroundings and contents. Which makes it all the more irritating that they always seem to lack some common-sense functionality. For instance:
- Smarter Front Airbag Override — If you can't tell the difference between a heavy briefcase dropped on the front passenger seat and a human being, then you probably aren't doing it right. Thanks to multipurpose LED displays we can't just stick black electrical tape over that idiot light anymore.
- Better Situational Awareness For Safety Warnings — Your satnav-enabled car can pinpoint your exact position on the planet. You also told it where "home" is so that you can navigate there with a button press. So it needs to recognize that you're in your driveway, and not on a public road, and that you have every right to get out and retrieve your mail from the box without the vehicle screaming that your door is open and your seatbelt is undone and holy s**t we're all going to die unless you get back in and buckle up.
- Genuinely Useful Voice Control — It's nice that you can say "call the office" or "play USB" and the car will place a call or start the music. What we really need is that when you're backing up, and a distant vehicle triggers the BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP cross-traffic alert, you can yell "I SEE IT, GODDAMMIT" and make it STFU.